If you’re looking to get into the Holiday spirit, there is nothing more exciting than the lighting of Holiday Lights! Boston’s festive Christmas trees and holiday lights ceremonies kick-off in late November and run through early December. Below is the list of local holiday lightings to catch this season and watch the magical moment when the city transforms into a beautifully lit winter wonderland.
Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lights: Thursday November 21st at 8:30pm
You can catch thousands of sparkling gold lights transform the Commonwealth Avenue Mall tree-filled parkway into a wonderland of lights on Thursday November 21st at 8:30pm.
Holiday Trellis Lighting at Christopher Columbus Park: Monday November 25 at 5:00pm
Mayor Marty Walsh, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the 17th annual lighting of the park’s signature trellis on Monday November 25th at 5:00pm. Christopher Columbus park will be transformed into a beautiful holiday wonderland when the park’s 260 feet of trellis are illuminated with 50,000 blue lights along with 14 decorated trees. There will be entertainment, refreshments, holiday treats and giveaways!
Massachusetts State House Tree Lighting: Tuesday November 26th at 5:00pm
Marking the official kick-off to the holiday season in Massachusetts, a giant Christmas Tree will be lit in the annual lighting of the Massachusetts State House Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday November 26th at 5:00pm. Following the tree lighting there will be an open house in Doric Hall with a visit from Santa!
Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Window Unveiled: Friday November 29th at 5:00pm
Join Macy’s as they light up Boston’s Downtown Crossing this year on Black Friday when the trees surrounding the store light up and the store’s famous holiday window displays are unveiled! You can catch Santa and his Elves, Natasha Bedingfield, the Tufts Beelzebubs and the Uban Nutcracker. Prior to the lighting from 2-4pm, stop by Macy’s Children’s Department with your family for face painting, caroling and a visit with Santa himself!
Light Up Seaport: Friday November 29 at 6:00pm
Grab your friends and family and gather on Seaport Common for live music, treats from local vendors, and various giveaways as the Seaport Christmas Tree is lit for the 2019 holiday season! Make sure to stop by District Hall for kid’s activities, a photo exhibit and a cash bar for adults.
Copley Square Tree Lighting: Monday December 2nd at 5:00pm
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and The Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting on Monday December 2nd at 5:00pm. The Fairmont Copley Plaza will host a family reception immediately following for all in attendance. The reception will include cooking decorating, photos with Santa and treats from the Fairmont Copley Plaza.
Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular: Tuesday December 3rd at 7:30pm
Join thousands of Bostonians in lighting the city’s “big tree” this holiday season! The live broadcast of the tree lighting will be on WBZ-TV Channel 4 and myTV38 starting at 7:30pm on Tuesday December 3rd. Special guests include Santa Claus, The City of Boston Community Choir, and holiday singers as the switch gets flipped to illuminate thousands of twinkling lights synchronized to music. Learn more about the event HERE.
Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony: Thursday December 5th at 6:00pm
Join Mayor Marty Walsh as he presents The Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony to the community! This tree is a traditional gift from the province of Nova Scotia since 1917. You’ll get the chance to see Santa in addition to members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Enjoy music, warm refreshments, and lots of entertainment throughout the night including The Skating Club of Boston performing on The Boston Common Frog Pond. Learn more about the event HERE.
Boston Public Garden Lights: Thursday December 5th at 6:00pm
On Thursday December 5th after the lights on the Boston Common Christmas Tree go on, Boston Public Garden will be brilliantly lit with white lights covering the Public Garden’s evergreens. You won’t want to miss the experience of walking through the Public Garden in the evening when everything is lit and transforms the Garden into a winter wonderland.